Tour operators to influence hotel industry to integrate environmental criteria into operations

The Tour Operators' Initiative (TOI), a global network of 25 tour operators, today began disseminating a new guide to over 25,000 contracted accommodations in an effort to influence hotel companies worldwide to integrate key environmental and social practices into their operations. "A Practical Guide to Good Practice: Managing Environmental and Social Issues in the Accommodations Sector" was developed in partnership between the TOI, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), a division of Conservation International. This guide identifies ten environmental and social issues critical to the long-term success of the accommodations sector

The guide provides information to managers on key environmental and social issues including: energy and water conservation, waste management, chemical use, purchasing, contributing to community development and biodiversity conservation, staff management and developing environmental management systems. For each issue, the guide offers a brief summary, the business benefits for adopting good practices and a sample of actions that managers can adopt to improve the performance of their facilities. References to additional resources are also provided.

"The goal of this report is to raise awareness on these important issues among hotel managers globally," said Jamie Sweeting co-author of the guide and Director of Travel and Leisure for CELB. "This is a first step towards the integration of environmental and social criteria into the business relationship between tour operators and hotels."

"The members of the Tour Operators' Initiative have recognized that integrating these sustainability criteria in to their business model for conducting business with global hotel companies should be based on a stepped approach, allowing the necessary time for suppliers to improve their sustainability performance level," said Tom Selanniemi, Chairman of t

Contact: Jason W. Anderson
Conservation International

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